New Year, New Trends in Construction

 

The construction industry is poised to takeoff in 2018. As reported by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), contractors are feeling a sense of optimism due to recent cuts to taxes and regulations. As a result, one trend to watch for this year is a hiring spree. A whopping seventy-five percent of construction companies say they are planning to hire more people in 2018.

 

Here is a look at some more construction trends to watch for this year.

 

Modular buildings will continue to be a key trend. Contractors seeking ways to increase project efficiency will increasingly collaborate with modular builders who perform the majority of construction tasks off-site, before transporting the partially-completed building to the desired site. Suppliers are also creating product lines with offsite operations in mind.


Construction management will include a focus on resilient site and structure features.
Hurricanes hit parts of the U.S. hard in 2017, destroying hundreds of buildings and causing billions in damages. As the rebuilding begins, there is an emphasis on incorporating resilient features, such as an adaptive design that is better equipped to handle extreme weather events.


There will continue to be a demand for green buildings.
To keep up with increased demand for buildings that are green-certified, construction managers and contractors will need to make sure they have the necessary certifications for their projects to be recognized as green, including LEED certification. More builders than ever will also make recycling and reusing materials a priority.


Construction is going high-tech.
As construction takes off in 2018, expect it to do so in a more tech-savvy way than ever before. For example, virtual reality (VR) is providing the ability to conduct virtual “walk throughs” to show potential designs to clients. VR can also be used to provide safety training demos to workers.


Drones will continue to fly high in the construction industry.
Drones are quickly becoming an important tool in construction projects. They are being used to map, monitor and inspect construction sites. Drones are also able to easily access remote locations, and collect data.


An increased reliance on real-time project management.
By using real-time information and CPM scheduling, project managers can rely on data to make key decisions, such as cost estimating. By utilizing real-time project software, projects will benefit from increased transparency, efficiency and accountability.


The rise of Building Information Modeling.
Also known as BIM, Building Information Modeling takes into account the most crucial component in any construction project – collaboration. BIM reduces construction costs and promotes a safer building process that reduces safety incidents. The majority of manufacturers believe that BIM is the future of project information.


Shortage of skilled labor.
While the construction industry is experiencing growth, it is also struggling to find enough workers with the right skills. Again, seventy-five percent of construction firms saying they are planning on hiring this year. That could potentially impact construction prices if construction firms need to pay top dollar to land the best workers.